Automatically upgrade user .pst file from command line?


  • Hello,
    we are about to install Office 2007 onto 200 computers and have an issue with a known, yet unfixed, bug in Outlook 2007.

    The issue is that old pst files are stored in a different format then new file, probably LATIN1 for the old and UTF-8 for the 2007 version.
    So when a user receives a UTF-8 encoded e-mail and is using the old pst file then the E-mail will magically lose Umlauts (ö,ü,ä). So instead of "Dear Mr Ströb," it will say "Dear Mr Strb,".

    The workaround appears to be to create a new pst (v2007) and import the old information. The big problem is that I have not been able to find an automated way of doing this.  Upgrading every .pst on 200 machines by hand will take months (some machines are in different cities).

    So I am asking here in the Office deployment forum:
    Does anybody know of a way which allows me to control the Outlook Import/Export Wizard from command line?

    I have looked into using to hack around this issue but an "approved" way is be preferred....
    Monday, March 01, 2010 3:21 PM


  • Well this bug has been great, thank you Microsoft! I was now able to convince my company to switch to OpenOffice and stop using Microsoft Office.

    Due to the UI changes in Office 2007 all users would have needed training so now they get OpenOffice training. The shitty IMAP support in Outlook was another point to abandon Office. It was pretty much a done deal after I demonstrated Outlook 2007 with our IMAP servers (my Cellphone has better IMAP support).

    I never thought that I would be able to push OpenOffice into our company but this really helped.

    Thank you Microsoft, I could not have done it without you.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:24 AM